Dons hoping to build on Barrow victory

Danny Cowling attempts to tackle Dean McGilvaray
Danny Cowling attempts to tackle Dean McGilvaray

TONY Miller says his Doncaster side are mentally tougher than ever - and quickly getting up to speed with the demands of the Championship.

Last season’s Championship One winners secured their first win of the new campaign at Barrow on Sunday, coming from behind to repeat last season’s Grand Final victory against the Raiders.

And Miller reckons the performance, at a mud-coated Craven Park, was a sign that the Dons are acclimatising to the step up in level.

“It was a really good team performance,” said Miller.

“Everybody did their job and defensively we were really solid.

“We haven’t won in Cumbria for a long time, so I think it’s a sign we’re mentally a lot tougher.

“Going up there, in those conditions, and managing to dig a win out after being behind says a lot about the group of players we’ve got.

“We didn’t panic and we got the job done.”

The Dons’ 14-4 win, courtesy of second half tries from debutant James Clare, Bobbie Goulding Jnr and Lee Waterman, eases the pressure ahead of this Sunday’s visit of Workington Town to the Keepmoat, according to Miller.

“If we hadn’t have won on Sunday then the pressure would’ve been on a little bit more.

“The longer you go without a win, the more anxious you become.

“But I’m reasonably happy with the way we’ve started the season.

“We didn’t play great against Dewsbury but the players showed what they’re about at Barrow.

“The Championship is quicker and stronger, but the lads have put in plenty of work on that and I’m confident we can adapt.”

Like Doncaster, this weekend’s opponents Workington have won one and lost one so far this term.

“They’ve got some quality players and the conditions this weekend should not be too bad,” said Miller, who will check on the fitness of concussion victim Matt Carbutt.

“It should be an entertaining game.”